2012 Election Summary: Bad News, Supermajorities, Silver Linings and Governor-Elect Mike Pence
November 8, 2012
The re-election of President Obama, combined with the Democratic Party’s continued control of the United States Senate, is a devastating blow to the cause of protecting unborn children. The practical impact of the 2012 elections is that the PPACA federal health law will now be fully implemented and ingrained.
Federal legislation to protect unborn children will be dead on arrival in the Senate. In addition, the President will now have the opportunity to fill any vacancies on the United States Supreme Court over the next four years with justices that will embrace a radical abortion ideology. Should this replacement be made for one of the four (arguably three) conservative justices, the opportunity to reverse Roe vs. Wade may be lost for a generation.
Indiana fared much better on election night, with the most significant victory being the election of Mike Pence as Indiana’s next governor. Governor-elect Pence and Lieutenant Governor-elect Sue Ellspermann represent a powerful tandem that will work to enact pro-life policies in Indiana.
Republicans added nine seats in the Indiana House, creating pro-life supermajorities in the Indiana Senate and House. These supermajorities create great opportunities for advancing pro-life legislation in 2013 and 2014.
Indiana State Senator Scott Schneider, the senate author of the 2011 amendment to defund Planned Parenthood, won a convincing victory over a challenger who was heavily funded by Planned Parenthood. Schneider was the top state legislative target of abortion supporters in Indiana.
Indiana will send two pro-life women to Congress with Susan Brooks (CD5) and Jackie Walorski (CD2).
Jackie Walorski’s pick-up of CD2 gives us 7 pro-life seats in the U.S. House (Walorski, Stutzman, Rokita, Brooks, Messer, Bucshon, and Young) versus 2 pro-abortion seats (Visclosky, Carson).
The Indiana House will welcome three pro-life freshmen women to its caucus: Sharon Negele, Cindy Ziemke and Peggy Mayfield.